Author: Shelley Burne-Field

My name is spelled ‘Araraina’

“We talk about the sorts of things brown women who work in mainly white professions and systems talk about. About how ignorant and racist some Pākehā managers are. About how ignorant and frustrating some Māori managers have become.” — Shelley Burne-Field.

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Stood down from life

“Many of the ‘truant’ or simply AWOL students have been stood down, either legally or illegally, for not much more than ‘defiance’ or vaping, or some other teenage-y manifestation, and have decided not to go back.” — Shelley Burne-Field.

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The shame is gone

“With the help of caring people, through a lens now tinted with aroha, I could embrace the experience of speaking re reo Māori and let it melt my heart.” — Shelley Burne-Field.

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